Four readers have contacted me with their family stories; the first Mr Chris Davies, CBE, DL, contacted me in regard to his fathers George Haydn Davies’s first wife Ida, who was killed during a bombing raid on Swansea. Following research on the Commonwealth War Grave Commission website, I was able to establish that Ida and her family were killed in the bombing of Swansea on Sunday 1st September 1940.
Now we shall move on to February 1941. Mrs Margaret Williams, contacted me with her father, Thomas Edwards’ recollections as a fireman fighting the fires after the Blitz. Margaret recalls “Thomas was one of two firemen who had survived the war without serious injury. They worked around the clock putting themselves on the firing line from bombers, unexploded bombs, blasts from bombs, and shrapnel bouncing off the ground and the heat from the raging fires, and the dangerous buildings”
One of those also affected by the bombing during those awful three nights was Mrs Patricia Doyle nee Robinson, who was living with her mother at 14 Kynaston Place. On the night of the bombing they had been sheltering in the communal shelter, located in the present Tesco car park. As they walked home they called into her grandmother’s house, at no. 1 Kynaston Place, as they looked along they saw that their house was a blaze. They were evacuated up to the Penygroes/Blaenau/Llandybie area.